Imus & Packer: Nappy-Headed Fags
It was an interesting week for a pair of broadcasting veterans who let their politically incorrectness fly. First, while bantering about the NCAA tournament, CBS Sports announcer Billy Packer joked to Charlie Rose that he’d probably “fag out” on his request to join him at the Final Four. But Packer’s comments were quickly one-upped by syndicated morning yapper Don Imus, who called the Rutgers women’s basketball team “some nappy headed hos.”
Here’s the Billy Packer footage:
In Packer’s defense, Dictionary.com defines fag as: “to tire or weary by labor,” which is the definition Packer says he intended. “The term has nothing to do with sexuality,” he told the Philadelphia Enquirer. “I think [Charlie Rose] is the most eligible bachelor. It’s about a guy too lazy to get the work… I can assure you I will use that phrase again and I won’t think twice about it. My meaning is genuine.” Then again, Packer once called Alan Iverson a “tough monkey,” though we’re assuming he didn’t intend monkey to mean “primate,” but rather, the British slang meaning “the sum of 500 pounds.”
And here is Mr. Imus’ soliloquy:
Unlike Packer, Imus apologized for his comments. “It was completely inappropriate,” he told listeners on his show, “and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.”
And so are we.
Update: Both CBS Radio and MSNBC have decided to stop airing Imus’ radio show. Turn out the lights.
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